Last week, the FDA released its final rule to implement changes to the Nutrition Facts panel (click here to read). As we previously reported, these revisions are the first in over a decade and seek to help consumers make more informed food choices.
The most significant change to the nutrition label is the requirement to include “added sugars.” The final rule requires “Includes X g Added Sugars” to be included under “Total Sugars” to help consumers understand how much sugar has been added to a product. In adopting this new requirement, the FDA explained that it is “difficult to meet nutrient needs while staying within calorie limits if you consume more than 10 percent of your total daily calories from added sugar, and this is consistent with the 2015–2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.”
Other highlights of the final rule include:
Most companies will have until July 26, 2018 to comply. Companies with less than $10 million in annual food sales will have until July 26, 2019 to comply.
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